Paddington Bear has been a part of the nation’s childhoods since 1958. The tale of the lost bear from Darkest Peru has delighted and inspired generations of children, me included, and now my son loves Paddington too. This October is Paddington’s 60th anniversary month, will you be celebrating 60 years of this little lost bear from Darkest Peru?
In 1958 the first Paddington Bear book, A Bear Called Paddington was published. Little could Michael Bond have known then how many people around the world would come to know and love this small bear, with his recognisable bush hat and duffle coat.
To celebrate this milestone anniversary, Rainbow Designs have unveiled their brand new Paddington Bear Classic range. It features a host of cuddly toys for enthusiasts and fans of Paddington to cuddle and love. One of the most eye-catching in the range is the new Large Cuddly Anniversary Paddington Bear with Scarf. This Paddington Bear plush is snuggled up in a checked scarf complete with “Please look after this Bear” label. This plush is cuddly enough to appeal to young Paddington fans and stylish enough to look the part on a collector’s shelf.
The design of this Anniversary Paddington Bear is inspired by the original artworks by Peggy Fortnum and he does look very true to the original bear. I love his battered felt hat and the label (which you can remove if you want) is a lovely extra touch. The snuggly scarf with the 60th anniversary badge is what will make this bear such a collectible. His coat isn’t removable and the duffle coat toggles are printed on, which I think is a much better option if you’re giving this bear to young children.
This Anniversary Paddington Bear is suitable from birth and as soft and cuddly as they come. He is 23cm tall and costs around £24.99.
The 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear would make a wonderful gift for a Paddington Bear fan of any age. With Christmas coming, who will look after this bear?
The 60th Anniversary Paddington Bear from Rainbow Designs is available from a wide range of retailers including John Lewis.